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This Week in The Can

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The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is still rising high this week, so make sure you set the alarm as we hear it’s totally worth the effort! To bookend your day, get along to Skyfire this Saturday 14 March, and don’t miss the amazing Art, Not Apart! Mary Poppins flies into town sprinkling her delight at the Canberra Theatre Centre along with the Village People and Judith Lucy.

Or maybe you’d prefer to rummage around the Charity Garage Sale and pick up a bargain while supporting a good cause. Love to get outdoors? Then grab your camera for a PhotoWalk throughout the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There always plenty do for art lovers, market dwellers and even sports fans too!

Here’s what’s happening This Week in The Can!


Canberra Balloon Spectacular

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is listed as one of the top four hot air ballooning events in the world. Join in the 29th year celebrations when it kicks off this Saturday 7 March. Held over nine days, pilots will begin laying out and inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before they ascend into the sky to create an exhilarating back drop to our national attractions.

The 2015 Canberra Balloon Spectacular will also include some special shape balloons from across the globe who will add a sense of novelty to the stunning setting each day. Patrons will be treated to an experience of the senses with a flurry of colour, sound and movement. The atmosphere of the balloons is complemented by delicious hot breakfast available for purchase provided by the Belconnen Lions Club.

On until Sunday 15 March from the Lawns of Old Parliament House. For more information and hot air balloon rides visit the Canberra Balloon Spectacular website.

Art, Not Apart

Art, Not Apart is a many-arts festival bringing together a wide spectrum of artists from all backgrounds. Musicians, poets, painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, street artists, weavers and all walks of life gather in beautiful spaces to talk and wander.

This year the festival extends from NewActon to Lake Burley Griffin; there’ll even be a beach party! Share lunch, have a dance, ask about an artwork or lounge beside a stage of unique and sublime performers.

The festival runs from 1pm on Saturday 14 March.

FM 104.7 Skyfire 27

Skyfire 27 delivers a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on FM 104.7. Canberra lights up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin’s central basin. See great free live entertainment at Regatta Point before the fireworks explode!

From 6pm to 9:30pm this Saturday 14 March at various points around Lake Burley Griffin’s Central Basin.

Celebrate Skyfire in style from the Museum Bar at the National Museum of Australia – this ticketed event will get you food, drinks, great entertainment and the best vantage point in town!

BrickByBrick: Adults only

Celebrate Canberra’s birthday by having fun after work with 30,000 pieces of LEGO™. Head along to the National Capital Exhibition between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 12 March for a special ‘BrickByBrick: Adults only‘ session, and construct one of Canberra’s iconic buildings or design something for the National Capital’s future.

Guilty Pleasures

A solo exhibition by Canberra-based emerging artist Shaun Hayes, exploring contemporary ideas and processes in the context of traditional ceramics. Opening launch will take place 6pm this Wednesday 25 February at the ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson. The exhibition will run until Sunday 15 March.


Backyard Produce Dinner

Your gateway to the vast array of stunning produce grown right on their doorstep, A.Baker present their intimate series of Backyard Produce Dinners to take the best fruit, vegetables and herbs that you’ve grown in your backyard and put it into their kitchen for the chefs to prepare once a month. Simple book at a table, bring in a bunch, box or bag of your best produce two to three days before the event and they’ll prepare a great dinner! At A.Baker in the NewActon Pavilion – check the A.Baker website for details of dates. Limited seating so bookings are essential online or by phoning (02) 6287 6150. Tickets are $60 food and $35 for matched wines.


Enchanting afterDARK: Narratives in the Gardens

Let your imagination run wild at Enchanting afterDARK: Narratives in the Gardens from 7pm this Saturday 14 March. The Australian National Botanic Gardens’ rangers and the ACT Storytellers Guild reveal the fascinating world of Australia’s native flora and fauna plus a few magical creatures under the night sky.

Finish your afterDARK experience with a delicious dessert and hot chocolate. Suitable for families with young children. Find out more here.

PhotoWalk Canberra

Grab your camera and get ready for an afternoon PhotoWalk through the beautiful Australian National Botanic Garden. The chance for any person no matter what age or ability, there’s plenty of beautiful reasons to book in for a two hour photography workshop. The workshop is free except for parking. Anyone and everyone is welcome including children. Bring a DLSR, compact or mobile phone. On Sunday 15 March from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre (adults-only)

Experience the contrasts of the cool rainforest and the arid Red Centre at night—right in the heart of Canberra. Start your evening with an aperitif on arrival, then embark on a night-time guided journey through the diverse habitats of the Gardens. Finish your evening with a gourmet bush food supper and wine tasting in the Red Centre Garden. An ‘adults only’ evening combining the best of the Gardens’ afterDARK tour experiences with gourmet food and wine. On Friday 13 and 20 March. $75 per person. See the National Botanical Gardens website for details on how to book.

Courtyard Cinema at A. Baker

Courtyard Cinema brings you a summer of new and classic movies in the intimate setting of NewActon’s courtyard every Tuesday evening until the end of March. Styled for the summer holiday season, screenings commence at sunset. The monthly Raw Stories strand selects premier or barely seen new documentary films, true stories with a bite to them. Blink and You’ll Miss Them picks up on a few feature films that either slipped Canberra by, or were gone before you knew that they’ve been here. Cult Cuts carves off a tasty slice of our favourite cult movies, whilst Classy Coms is a tasteful sideboard of some of the most streamlined screwball rom coms from the deluxe 1930s.

Screenings commence at sunset. Deckchair admission is free on the purchase of an A. Baker glass of wine or bottle of beer. Bookings essential, as seats are very limited. Patrons should note ratings for all films; those under 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian to films marked MA15+ or E. In the event of wet weather, the screening will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced on the A. Baker Facebook page three hours prior to the screening.

Tid by Torchlight

Summer might be over but Canberrans and visitors can still enjoy the unique opportunity to explore Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the evening to watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April, and subject to minimum booking numbers. The program is an opportunity to see and learn about our local, native flora and fauna in the stunning reserve with an expert guide. Each tour runs for five hours and begins with a dusk wildlife walk and gourmet bush BBQ before venturing into the forest at night, to discover animals you wouldn’t normally find.

Your guide will walk you through the reserve sanctuary and a spotlight tour of the forest, while teaching you about Australia’s native wildlife. Tickets are $80 for an adult and $65 for children. For visitors, the ticket price also covers the cost of transportation to and from Canberra hotels. Your ticket sale will support wildlife conservation at Tidbinbilla; a portion of the cost is donated directly back to Tidbinbilla’s endangered species breeding programs. For more information visit their website.


The Bravest

The Bravest is an incredible obstacle adventure race. The 15km+ course mixes man-made obstacles with the natural terrain challenges of the ACT’s best known adventure sports location, Stromlo Forest Park. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned racer, The Bravest is for you.

The action happens this Saturday 14 March at Stromlo Forest Park.

Canberra Raiders vs Auckland Warriors

Be a part of the action at GIO Stadium for a Canberra Raiders home match. See them play the Warriors in Round 2 of the competition this Sunday 15 March. Nothing beats being part of the crowd at a live rugby league match, especially when the Raiders are playing on their own turf! Tickets on sale from Ticketek.


Handmade Market March 2015

Canberra’s award winning Handmade Market brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof from 10am to 4pm this Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March.

The Handmade Market is held at Exhibition Park in Canberra and will showcase over 180 Australian designer/makers. Discover local and interstate designers with new talent regularly on display.

Old Bus Depot Markets – Retro Depot

The Old Bus Depot Markets are back into the swing of things for 2015 and is something of a Sunday tradition in Canberra. Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s famous Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston every Sunday.

This Sunday, 15 March dust off your platforms, get off the Featherston, and channel your inner hipster – it’s Retro Depot time, a celebration of all things retro cool. Browse fashion, homewares, furniture, jewellery and accessories; all things that are designed to push your ‘groove button’.

 Find your favourite stallholder and visit the Markets this Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more at the Old Bus Depot Markets website.

Capital Region Farmers Market

Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands – the Capital Region Farmers Market! Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more. Fresh produce reflects the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region providing opportunity for you to learn more about the food you’re eating and the region it comes, and discuss what you’re buying with the growers. On every Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park on Flemington Road.

Gorman House Markets

For a quarter of a century, the Gorman House Markets have been Canberra’s much loved meeting place providing opportunities for the community and visitors alike to express themselves creatively, trade and shop in a vibrant environment, access to an audience, engage in the arts and be a part of living heritage. Experience them from 10am to 4pm every Saturday at Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon.


Play Up

Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At the MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily until June 2015.

Leap into your local library

Your local library is a treasure trove…not only are there free books and resources, there are regular amazing events! Giggle & Wiggle with your little ones (up to 2 years) and help them learn through language play using interactive rhymes, songs, games and stories. Looking to improve your English and make new friends, then head along to your local library for one of the informal English conversation groups. For more events and info check them out here.


Charity Garage Sale

Wake up bright and early and head on out to Wanniassa where you’re sure to pick up a bargain at the Charity Garage Sale. There’ll be plenty of books, a clearance on all summer clothing along with an array of new items this month too from boys clothes, winter sleeping bags and coats, kitchen items, camping gear and more. On Saturday 14 March from 7am to 1pm at 5 O’Grady Place, Wanniassa.

Marymead Charity Race Day

Come along to the Canberra Outlet Centre proudly supporting Marymead Charity Race Day at Thoroughbred Park in the Silks Room on Saturday 21 March. It will be a fabulous day with Tim Gavel as MC. The room will be abuzz with Punters Club, Private TAB facilities, the best seat in the house overlooking the track, prizes, auctions, giveaways, glam bar, goodie bags and much much more! Corporate tables together with individual tables are currently available but are selling fast. Ticket prices include a fabulous three course meal including five hour beverage package. For more information regarding the Canberra Outlet Centre Charity Race Day, contact Joanne Dean-Ritchie on 6107 3036 or email [email protected]


Dr Sketchy’s burlesque drawing: Impressions of Paris

Classical burlesque, ballerinas and life models will bring 19th century Paris to life in Dr Sketchy’s first workshop at National Gallery of Australia for 2015. Held in association with the exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier.

Dr Sketchy’s Canberra is a life-drawing opportunity with a difference. Combining models, performers, music and artists, it will be an evening of drawing, drinking, dames and debauchery with a Parisian flavour!

At the National Gallery of Australia from 6:30pm to 9:30pm this Thursday 12 March. 18+ only.

Marilyn Waring presents Power and unpaid work: the dark side of women’s caring roles 

We live in a world where money is the basis of status, power and freedom, and yet women are expected to perform society’s unpaid work. Often to give up their jobs or careers to care for their children and/or aged parents. This has profound implications for financial freedom and independence. In this lecture, Marilyn Waring will explore options to overcome barriers to achieving recognition and a fair wage for care workers. She asks what options are there to change the dynamic of centuries-old expectations? On Thursday 12 March from 7pm at Manning Clarke Theatre 1, ANU. Visit the website or Facebook for more information. Register for this event online.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No Function. To coincide with the Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition, Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT On until Saturday 28 March.

National Gallery of Australia talks and workshops

The National Gallery of Australia has an extensive program of talks and workshops run in conjunction with their current exhibitions. Hear about local and international artists or specific techniques. Be inspired by the greats and create your own artworks. Talks and workshops cater for a range of different age groups. For full details visit the NGA website.


Judith Lucy: Ask no questions of the moth

Judith Lucy is back on stage with her first new solo show since 2012 and the good news is that her last year really sucked. A truly awful year for Judith always leads to a great show for her fans and 2014 was magnificently terrible. Think death and early menopause and you’ll be in the ballpark. It is virtually impossible to imagine the Australian comedy scene without Judith Lucy and luckily next year, you won’t have to. After three years off the stage she’s back and premiering her brand new show in Canberra. On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March at Canberra Theatre Centre. All tickets $47 available online through Canberra Theatre Centre or phoning (02) 6275 2700.

Mary Poppins

Canberra will come alive with ‘Chim, chim-in-ey, chim chim-in-ey Chim chim cher-ee!’ and ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ when Mary Poppins, the broadway musical, flies into Canberra Theatre Centre this week. The company that brought you The Phantom of The Opera in 2013 is delighted to be returning to Canberra Theatre Centre with the Free-Rain production of Disney’s & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins — a classic family tale that will sprinkle its magic into the hearts and minds of all Canberrans. Opening night is Thursday 12 March running until 29 March. Tickets available online from Canberra Theatre Centre.

Handle It

Handle It – A One Woman Play is the product of emerging playwright and performer Laura Jackson. The show centres on the story of Kelsey Armitage, an eighteen year old university student who experiences first hand the effects of social media on the lives of young women.

As relationships between young women and men are impacted more than ever before by the expanding world of the internet, seven “Gen-Y” characters battle with evolving ideas of relationships and sexuality.

Performing at The Street Theatre from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 March.

Tuesdays with Morrie

From the best selling memoir by Mitch Albom comes a funny and tender play, full of quick one liners and insightful banter. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom is the true account of Albom’s interactions with Morrie Schwartz and how they impacted his life. For many of us there has been that one person who had an unforgettable impact on our lives. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. On until Sunday 15 March at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan. Tickets start at $39 online through QPAC.

Graeme Connors: North, 25 Years On

See one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, Graeme Connors, live on stage with his legendary band. This special two act performance celebrates 25 years since the release of Connors’ landmark album North.

Graeme will perform North live in its entirety, followed by a mix of hits and favourites from his 17 albums at the Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse on Friday 13 March. Tickets from Canberra Ticketing.

EVITA — The Musical

The iconic musical EVITA returns to the stage in Canberra for the first time in 25 years, and tells the true story of Evita Peron and stars some of Canberra’s finest theatre performers. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical returns to Canberra for the first time in 25 years in this stunning new Canberra Philharmonic production. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, EVITA has become iconic. It features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’, and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’. A talented local cast features Kelly Roberts in the title role, with Grant Pegg as the everyman Che, and Tony Falla playing Argentine President Juan Perón. Opening Thursday 5 March from 8pm to 10.30pm and running until Saturday 21 March at Erindale Theatre, McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. For tickets and information visit philo.org.au.


Seth Sentry

When Seth Sentry’s first album, This Was Tomorrow, debuted at #6 on the ARIA charts, Seth was a bright young hopeful… a talented up-and-comer. Now, only a few years down the track, Seth is regarded as one of Australia’s premier rappers, with an iconic voice

Seth’s latest tour Run, takes us back in time to those humble beginnings. It gives us a glimpse at one of Australia’s most successful rappers, back when he was still just a little kid.

Playing at the ANU Union Bar this Saturday 14 March. Tickets from Ticketek.

Changing Attitudes to War in Australian Song 1914-Present

Soprano Karen Fitz-Gibbon and pianist Alan Hicks reveal some of the hidden musical gems from the National Library of Australia’s collections of sheet music in an evening of reflection on Australian attitudes to war. Includes light refreshments and a viewing of the exhibition, Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War. On Friday 13 March from 6pm in the Foyer of the National Library of Australia. Tickets $30 available online or by phoning (02) 6262 1271.

Ensemble Nobiles: Eine Deutsche Messe (A German Mass)

Set in a moderate to slow tempo that reflects the solemnity of the service, Ensemble Nobiles is a Mass composed by Franz Schubert in 1827 and intended as simple music designed to the widest possible congregation. Augmented by sacred works of Josquin des Prez, Hugo Distler, William Byrd, Georg Christoph Biller and others, you won’t want to miss this. On Saturday 14 March from 7pm at Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest. Tickets $10 (child), $25 (concession) and $35 via TryBooking. Visit the website for more information.

No Lights, No Lycra

No Lights, No Lycra makes a return for 2015. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go, shake out the stresses of the week, and lose yourself in the music and the physicality of your body. NLNL is a daggy, non-pretentious place to completely be yourself.

Bec and Sam will be taking over as the (North) Canberra ambassadors for 2015. NLNL will take place on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm to 9pm, and in a new location. Head to St John’s Anglican Church Hall in Reid (corner of Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West). Lots of free onsite parking available, and admission still just $5 on the door. For more information visit the new NLNL Facebook page. On every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Vinyl Lounge at NFSA

The popular Vinyl Lounge is back for 2015 at the National Film and Sound Archive. Join other vinyl lovers for nibbles then spin the turntables with your favourites records from 5.30pm. The NFSA’s Vinyl Lounge is on the first Friday of every month and is the perfect way to end the day (and working week). Reminscent of record clubs of the 1970s, enjoy a diverse selection of pop, rock, folk, world, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl. Bring your own LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge. On every Friday from 5pm.

Weekly Dance Party for the Over 30s

30+ Dance Event will be hosting weekly Dance Parties every Saturday night at The RUC where you will be provided with an entralling and relaxed atmosphere to meet new people at your own leisure. A fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere to dance, meet new or other likeminded persons, romance, flirt or socialise and make friends. These are popular weekly Saturday night evens and the ideal night out for fun-loving socialable 30+s with pulsating music from the 60s, 70s, 80, 90s plus much more. Visit 30 Plus Dance Event for details. On every Saturday from 8pm onwards at The RUC, Turner and $20 per head.

Smith’s Alternative Live Gigs

For more information about Smith’s Alternative Live gigs and to purchase tickets please visit their website.

Live Local Music

This post isn’t long enough to list all the various gigs around town, but if you’re into live music, we heartily suggest you check out what’s on offer at The PhoenixTransit BarThe FrontThe Abbey, and BMA’s gig guide.



As part of DESIGN Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is thrilled to partner with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD), to bring you an exciting exhibition Bespoke: Design for the people. In this stunning exhibition, 6 Australian craft and design practitioners have created new works that reflect and respond to the iconic designs of the original furniture at Old Parliament House. Each artist was given unprecedented access to the rooms and collections, and the freedom to create a personal response. Informed by their own artistic backgrounds, each artist considered notions of political perspective, change, accountability and power in their pieces. The result is a thought-provoking collaboration between design, creativity and Australia’s political history. Artists include Canberra artists Jennifer Robertson, Niklavs Rubenis, Julie Ryder, Caren Florance, in collaboration with Melinda Smith; and Sydney-based artist Cecelia Heffer. The exhibition will run until November 2015. To view the full DESIGN Canberra program of events visit their website.

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Following sell-out shows in Los Angeles and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, comes the National Gallery of Australia’s 2014 summer blockbuster James Turrell: A Retrospective. Never before seen in Australia and showing only in Canberra, James Turrell is considered one of the greatest artists of our time. The National Gallery of Australia’s retrospective combines works from LACMA’s tour with spectacular new, site-specific installations. The exhibition is open until Monday 8 June, 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia. Ensure to check the exhibitions time changes over Christmas (closed Christmas Day). Tickets are available to purchase through Ticketek but bookings are also essential as only 15 people are allowed through in any one session.

Norforce: Tony Albert

Tony Albert works in a number of art forms, including drawing, painting, photography, and installation. A founding member of Queensland’s indigenous art collective proppaNOW, Albert’s art explores political, historical and cultural issues relevant to indigenous people in Australia today. Albert exhibits internationally and nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Most recently Albert won the City of Sydney commission to create a public artwork in Hyde Park. Titled Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall the artwork honours the military service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier

Explore Parisian life through the work of three nineteenth century French masters in the new exhibition Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 150 prints, posters, drawings and monotypes from the national collection Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier examines the major contribution to French art made by Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Open until 15 March 2015 at the National Gallery of Australia.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of artworks created by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. Glimpsed through the eyes of the collector as well as more recent Warlpiri interpretations, Warlpiri Drawings explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future. The exhibition is open until 31 May 2015 at the National Museum of Australia.

Other exhibitions

For a comprehensive round up of smaller exhibitions around town, visit Capital Magazine.


Let Me Be Myself: The Story of Anne Frank

A message to the young people of today, the travelling Anne Frank exhibition, Anne Frank, Let Me Be Myself, features quotations from Anne Frank’s diary and photos of her family that form a thread throughout the exhibition. To emphasise the chronological order of events, almost every panel contains a timeline. Below the timeline is the personal story of Anne Frank and above the timeline the visitor is confronted with the ‘big historical events’ of that time. The exhibition developed by the world-famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is travelling around major cities and regional towns throughout Australia. Guides will be available to assist visitors to understand the story of Anne Frank and its context. On now until 31 March from 10am to 5pm at the Australian Jewish Centre. Entry is $5 per person. For more information visit their website.

Portraits of a Tea Cosy

A tea cosy exhibition would not be complete without Loani Prior tea cosies and this exhibition stars 20 exuberant cosies with marvellously quirky names such as Sleeveless in Seattle and All form and No FunctionPortraits of a Tea Cosy has been developed into a travelling exhibition through collaboration with the artists and Warwick Art Gallery with assistance from Museum and Gallery Services of Queensland. The exhibition will open Thursday 12 February by Mark Viner, Head of Sturt at 6pm in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 March. Craft ACT is proud to partner with the ANU to offer knitting enthusiasts a special one off opportunity to learn from the Queen of Teacosies, Loani Prior in a two-day workshop on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Places are limited. For more information and to book visit Craft ACT.

Arthur Boyd: Portrait of Friendship

Manning Clark House Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Arthur Boyd, from the period of his long friendship with historian Manning Clark. These intimate works, figurative and set against the Australian bush, include two portraits of Manning Clark as well as a series of artistic nudes. This unique exhibition takes place in the original home of Manning and Dymphna Clark– the lounge room where Arthur and Manning discussed art, culture and other issues of the day over a pot of tea. Most of these works are on loan from the Bundanon Trust collection. Entry is by donation. The exhibition will run until 15 March at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest. Opening hours are 11am to 3pm, Thursday to Sunday.

The Front Room

Explore Australia’s TV, radio and music collection at your leisure in the National Film and Sound Archive‘s latest screen and sound experience in Acton – The Front Room. Discover the history of sound, music and broadcast in comfort. Listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram, watch classic TV in the lounge space or play CDs on one of the listening posts. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, there’s always something to see, hear or do in The Front Room. Open until 24 December, 2015. Visit their website for more information.

Art is a Weapon

Art is a Weapon takes you back to an Australia gripped by the Cold War. Amid propaganda for and against communism, artists turned to an image familiar to most Australians; the Southern Cross flag of the Eureka Stockade. The portfolio contains fourteen works from ten artists, including three from prominent Melbourne artist Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist who was heavily involved in the Communist Party, and was well-known in the Melbourne art community. The works reflect both the Eureka rebellion itself and, more broadly, the themes of workers’ rights and struggles against the established authorities.

Art is a Weapon explores how the Eureka story, legend and iconography have been used by groups and causes of all political flavours to spread their message. Alongside the portfolio of works, other objects and artworks using the Southern Cross motif show how the idea of Eureka has been adopted by groups as diverse as young communists and motorcycle clubs. Open now at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Visit their website for more information.

Behind the Lines 2014

Superheroes. Battle axes. Death stares. Who said politics was dry and dull? Highly anticipated and scorchingly honest, Behind the Lines 2014 celebrates the best political cartoons of 2014. The exhibition – one of the most anticipated of the year for politic tragics is now open at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. In the 2014 exhibition, cartoonists wryly comment on Tony Abbott’s first year in government. They see the Coalition attempting to deliver strong and stable leadership, as well as fulfilling their election promises to stop the boats, axe the tax, fix the budget and reduce red tape. Meanwhile, a restless Australian Labor Party waits for its Leader to ditch the past, move forward and say something. Each year the exhibition acknowledges a cartoonist as the Behind the Lines Political Cartoonist of the Year. Open until November 2015.

Afghanistan: The Australian Story

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now linked to Australia’s national story. Australia’s mission is clear: to combat international terrorism, to stabilise Afghanistan, and to support Australia’s international alliances. Yet a mission statement cannot capture the challenges, the successes, and the comradeship of the Australian men and women who pursue it. Nor the joys and heartbreaks, or the loneliness and the dedication of those who wait at home. Some of these experiences, set against the powerful imagery of a modern war, are told in this exhibition. Over time, the display will change and evolve as more veterans share their stories. Open until 3 November 2015 at the Australian War Memorial.

Enterprising Australians

An insight into how great ideas happen, hear the inspiring stories of Australia’s modern-day innovators. Discover the unique journey that inventors take from idea to product in this exhibition featuring video stories, product displays and interactive stations that explore the origins of products from a range of fields, including mining, agriculture, medical, automotive, and food science. Showing until 25 June 2015 at Questacon.

World of Cricket from the Bradman Museum at Canberra Museum and Gallery

The unmistakable sound of leather on willow will echo through Canberra this summer when the city plays host to some of the world’s leading cricket nations as they compete for the prestigious – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Featuring rare and captivating material from the Bradman Museum, as well as contemporary equipment from those teams that will compete at Manuka Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the exhibition will bridge the historical gap between Bradman and the contemporary game, and shed a light on Canberra’s own cricketing heritage. Open until Sunday 15 March 2015 at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Keepsakes: Australians and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the National Library of Australia invites you to explore their fascinating collection of wartime albums, medals, letters and diaries in Keepsakes. Keepsakes tells the story of The Great War as experienced by Australian servicemen and women, key political leaders, civilians, artists and families on the homefront. Discover how very personal stories become our nation’s collective memory. Open until Sunday 31 May, 2015.

Power of 1: Does your voice count?

Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it. Power of 1 is a ground breaking interactive exhibition shaped by the answers you share, about what matters to you. Step back in time to remember the events, people and experiences that have shaped each generation of Australians. Have your say about the state of democracy and help to create a new kind of museum experience curated by the voices of the Australian people. It’s time…have your say and be heard. Open until 12 November 2015 at Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan

After spending over three weeks talking to Australian servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Ben Quilty felt an overwhelming need to tell their stories. He went there in October 2011 as an official war artist, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and attached to the Australian Defence Force. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Quilty’s work employs a wide range of genres, including portraits, figurative subjects, still-lifes and landscapes. On display until 14 August 2015.

Menzies: By John Howard

Former Prime Minister John Howard has curated this Menzies exhibition and shares his unique and personal insights, reflections and stories on the intense first term of former Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Menzies’ first term as prime minister (1939-41) and features objects never before seen by the public, including personal items on loan from the Menzies family. Open now until 3 September 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

Photo: Canberra Balloon Festival by Nicole Walker, Queanbeyan NSW


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